Release Date: Oct 23, 2020
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock
Record label: Sub Pop
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Loma are a trio made up of Meiburg and Cross Record's Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski, and Don't Shy Away is their second (and best) album. Other than the fact that Sub Pop are putting it out, the most remarkable thing to note before you hear the album is that it features Brian Eno on the final track "Homing". Eno is at least partially responsible for this album happening, owing to his complimentary words about the band's "Black Willow" on the first album leading to a reconciliation (in artistic terms) between the newly-divorced Cross and Duszynski.
Loma never seemed long for this world. Originally a side project for Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg and Cross Record's Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski, the group were already in jeopardy before they released their slowcore-indebted debut. Cross and Duszynski divorced during the recording process, throwing the album's release into question.
It can be hard to know when you're done with a creative pursuit. There are endless ways to fuss over the details of an audio mix, the timing of a film cut, the right choice of word; more broadly, it can be just as challenging to know when to call it quits on a project. A sense of unfinished business--and a particularly flattering compliment--drew Cross Record's Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski and Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg back together as Loma.
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